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Recovery Concepts and Models in Mental Health Care Overview and Applications. Janice E. Cohen, M.D. First presented at Laguna Honda Hospital Clinical Education Conference June 15 & July 20, 2005 Last updated 10/27/06. Background on the Mental Health Recovery Movement.

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    1. Recovery Concepts and Models in Mental Health CareOverview and Applications Janice E. Cohen, M.D. First presented at Laguna Honda Hospital Clinical Education Conference June 15 & July 20, 2005 Last updated 10/27/06

    2. Background on the Mental Health Recovery Movement • Emerged in the 1980’s • Inspired by the writings of mental health consumers • Consumers who had recovered and wrote about their experiences • Coping with symptoms • Getting better • Gaining an identity • Fueled by Longitudinal Research • Evidence of a more positive course for the majority of people with severe mental illness

    3. Defining Recovery “Recovery is rediscovering meaning and purpose after a series of catastrophic events which mental illness is. It is a process, a way of life, an attitude, and a way of approaching the day’s challenges. It is not a perfectly linear process. At times our course is erratic and we falter, slide back, regroup and start again. . . .The need is to meet the challenge of the disability and to reestablish a new and valued sense of integrity and purpose within and beyond the limits of the disability; the aspiration is to live, work, and love in a community in which one makes a significant contribution.” Patricia Deegan is a psychologist and ex-patient who is now director of training at the National Empowerment Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    4. Defining Recovery " Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by the illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness." William Anthony, Director of the Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (1993)

    5. Defining Recovery Recoveryrefers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. For some individuals, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life despite a disability. For others, recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms. Science has shown that having hope plays an integral role in an individual’s recovery. Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. The President’s New Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health

    6. Research Supporting Recovery from Serious Mental Illness

    7. Research Supporting Recovery from Serious Mental Illness

    8. ValueOptions Partnerships: Recovery, Self-Responsibility (Empowerment) and Self-Help: a presentation by Edward L. Knight, Ph.D., Vice President For Recovery, Rehabilitation and Mutual Support, ValueOptions, Inc.

    9. Courtney Harding’s Study of Schizophrenia • Bottom 1/3 considered hopeless • Degenerating course for the rest of their lives • Nevertheless, 62% recover or significantly improve • Dr. Harding’s definition of Recovery has four criteria: 1. Having a social life indistinguishable from your neighbor 2. Holding a job for pay or volunteering 3. Being symptom free, and 4. Being off medication Harding, C. M., Brooks, G. W., Asolaga, T. S. J. S., and Breier, A. (1987). The Vermont longitudinal study of persons with severe mental illness. American Journal of Psychiatry, 144, 718-726.

    10. Research Supporting Client-Directed Care FINDING: • Consumer’s perceptions that their needs are being met are the best predictors of positive mental health outcomes. Mental Health outcomes were not related to the amounts or types of services that consumers received. PRACTICE IMPLICATION: • In order to improve consumers’ outcomes, service providers must attend to individual consumers’ perceptions of what services are needed and the extent to which consumers think that their needs are being met. Ohio Department of Mental Health Longitudinal Consumer Outcomes Study

    11. Research Supporting Client-Directed Care FINDING: • Consumer’s perceptions of their level of service empowerment (e.g., their involvement in treatment planning and decisions about services) was the variable most highly correlated with the degree to which they felt their needs were being met. PRACTICE IMPLICATION: • It is critical that consumers feel a genuine sense of empowerment in their relationship with service providers. Ohio Department of Mental Health Longitudinal Consumer Outcomes Study

    12. Research Supporting Client-Directed Care FINDING: • Consumers and case managers have different perceptions of met needs. Consumer’s perceptions of needs are better predictors of mental health outcomes than are case manager’s predictors of needs. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: • Service providers’ views often do not reflect consumers’ perceptions of their needs. Providers should re-examine how or the extent to which they engage in active listening to consumers around their needs and work towards incorporating more of the consumer’s perspective in treatment planning. Ohio Department of Mental Health Longitudinal Consumer Outcomes Study

    13. Components of Recovery • Hope • Medication/Treatment • Empowerment • Support • Education/Knowledge • Self-help • Spirituality • Employment/Meaningful Activity Hamilton County Mental Health Board, Ohio

    14. Four Stages of Recovery • Hope • Empowerment • Self-Responsibility • A Meaningful Role in Life • Advocates a shift from a protective focus to one of: • Empowerment • Harm reduction • Personal Responsibility Four Stages of Recovery/Mark Ragins, M.D. A Road to Recovery, 2002

    15. Empowerment: A Working Definition • Having decision-making power • Having access to information and resources • Having a range of options from which to make choices • Assertiveness • A feeling that the individual can make a difference (being hopeful) • Learning to think critically, unlearn conditioning, see things differently • Learning to redefine who we are (speaking in our own voice) • Learning to redefine what we can do • Learning to redefine our relationships to institutionalized power

    16. Empowerment: A Working Definition • Learning about and expressing anger • Not feeling alone; feeling part of a group • Understanding that people have rights • Effecting change in one’s life and one’s community • Learning skills (e.g., communication) that the individual defines as important

    17. Empowerment: A Working Definition • Changing others’ perceptions of one’s competency and capacity to act • Coming out of the closet • Growth and change that is never ending and self-initiated • Increasing one’s positive self-image and overcoming stigma Judi Chamberlain. A Working Definition of Empowerment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Spring 1997. Volume 20 Number 4

    18. Stigma: A Major Barrier to Recovery DEFINITION A cluster of negative attitudes and beliefs that motivate the general public to fear, reject, avoid and discriminate against people with mental illnesses. Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. The President’s New Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health

    19. STIGMA • Widespread in the U.S. and other western nations • Leads others to avoid living, socializing, working with, renting to or employing people with mental disorders especially people with severe disorders • Leads to low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness • Deters the public from seeking and wanting to pay for care • May cause people with mental illness to become so ashamed or embarrassed that they conceal symptoms and fail to seek treatment Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. The President’s New Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health

    20. Promoting Resilience Resiliencemeans the personal and community qualities that enable us to rebound from adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or other stresses — and to go on with life with a sense of mastery, competence, and hope. We now understand from research that resilience is fostered by a positive childhood and includes positive individual traits, such as optimism, good problem solving skills, and treatments. Closely-knit communities and neighborhoods are also resilient, providing supports for their members. Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. The President’s New Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health

    21. Important Quality of Life Domains Influencing Recovery • Stable, safe, and decent housing • Family and social relationships • Employment/education/meaningful work • Financial independence and adequate income • Integration into one’s community • Physical and psychological health and safety • Spiritual beliefs and religious practices • Talents and interests - leisure activities Janice E. Cohen. Comprehensive Quality Management Systems: Improving Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disabilities. (2003)

    22. Assumptions About Recovery • Recovery can occur without professional intervention. • A common denominator of recovery is the presence of people who believe in and stand by the person in need of recovery. • A recovery vision is not a function of one’s theory about the causes of mental illness. • Recovery can occur even though symptoms reoccur. • Recovery is a unique process. • Recovery demands that a person has choices. • Recovery from the consequences of the illness is sometimes more difficult than recovering from the illness. itself (discrimination, poverty, segregation, stigma, and iatrogenic effects of treatment). Anthony, W. A. (1993). Recovery from mental illness: The guiding vision of the mental health service system in the 1990’s. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 16(4), 11-23. Anthony, W. A. (2000). A Recovery-oriented service system: setting some system level standards. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 24(2), 159-168.

    23. Ohio Department of Mental HealthRecovery Process Model and Emerging Best Practices • The Office of Consumer Services of the Ohio Department of Mental Health has developed a Recovery Process Model and Emerging Best Practicesto define and enhance the quality of mental health services in Ohio. • These were developed as a guide to help consumers increase their understanding of their roles in the recovery process and as advocates for the delivery of quality services by competent service providers.

    24. Ohio Department of Mental HealthRecovery Process Model and Emerging Best Practices The model clarifies what consumers have discovered during their personal recovery journeys about their roles and the roles of others in the recovery process. The model and best practices are intended to serve as educational tools for family members, significant others, mental health professionals, administrators, regulators and third-party payers. As a basis for the development of this model and emerging best practices, Recovery is defined as: "a personal process of overcoming the negative impact of a psychiatric disability despite its continued presence." Hamilton Country Community Mental Health Board Recovery site: http://www.mhrecovery.com/best_practices.htm Office of Recovery Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health (614-466-0236)

    25. Principles Underlying the Development of the Recovery Process Model & Emerging Best Practices • Principle I • The consumer directs the recovery process; therefore, consumer input is essential throughout the process. • Principle II • The Mental Health System must be aware of its tendency to enable and encourage consumer dependency. • Principle III • Consumers are able to recover more quickly when their: • Hope is encouraged, enhanced and/or maintained • Life roles with respect to work and meaningful activities are defined • Spirituality is considered • Culture is understood • Educational needs as well as those of family are identified • Socialization needs are identified

    26. Principles Underlying the Development of the Recovery Process Model & Emerging Best Practices • Principle IV Individual differences are considered and valued across their life span. • Principle V Recovery from mental illness is most effective when a holistic approach is considered. • Principle VI In order to reflect current best practices, all intervention models including Medical, Psychological, Social & Recovery should be merged. • Principle VII The clinicians' initial emphasis on "hope" and the ability to develop trusting relationships influences the consumer's recovery. • Principle VIII Clinicians operate from a strengths/assets model.

    27. Principles Underlying the Development of the Recovery Process Model & Emerging Best Practices • Principle IX Clinicians and consumers collaboratively develop a recovery management plan. • Principle X Family involvement may enhance the recovery process. The consumer defines his/her family unit. • Principle XI Mental health services are most effective when delivery is within the context of the consumer's community. • Principle XII Community involvement as defined by the consumer is important to the recovery process.

    28. Essential Components For Consumer Recovery • Clinical Care • Peer Support & Relationships • Family Support • Work/Meaningful Activity • Power & Control • Reduction/Elimination of Stigma • Community Involvement • Access to Resources • Education

    29. Recovery Process and Goals • Individuals who are recovering from mental illness move from a state of dependency to interdependency. • Many factors influence their current stage of functioning within the recovery process. • Consequently, movement is not linear. • The ultimate goals for individuals in the recovery process • Reach optimal functioning • Use and/or provide support to entities outside the Mental Health System.

    30. Three Domains of Recovery • Consumer Status:This is the consumer's current status or status goal as identified by the consumer. • Clinicians' Role:These are the clinicians' roles and best practices for consumers who are at this stage in recovery. • Community Supports' Role:As with the clinician domain, these are the community supports' role and best practices for a consumer at this stage in their recovery process.

    31. Recovery Process Model • This Recovery Process Model accounts for the individual’s movement and degree of awareness within and across the following four stages: • Dependent/Unaware • Dependent/Aware • Independent/Aware • Interdependent/Aware

    32. Implementing A Recovery Approach and Practices • The goal with this approach is for clinicians and/or consumers to engage consumers in the recovery process.  • This is a process driven by the consumer and facilitated by the clinician.

    33. ORIENT THE CONSUMER • This involves sharing general information about recovery with the consumer and then exposing them to the Best Practices approach and the particular activity in which you will engage.

    34. Components for Consumer Recovery/Ohio 1. Clinical Care 2. Peer Support & Relationships 3. Family Support 4. Work/Meaningful Activity 5. Power & Control 6. Stigma 7. Community Involvement 8. Access to Resources 9. Education

    35. SELECTING BEST PRACTICES • This involves four activities for the clinician and consumer to work through. • Rank recovery components • Review component definitions. • Rank order the components; both the consumer and clinician separately rank the components from 1 to 9 based on what they believe is the most important (1) and least important (9) topic for the consumer to work on at the present time. • The clinician and consumer discuss their lists and then choose one to three priority components for which to set goals.

    36. SELECTING BEST PRACTICES 1.Ranking/Selecting Recovery Components The Consumer selects Family Support and Clinical Care components for which to set goals.

    37. SELECTING BEST PRACTICES 2. Identify Current Status • Using the first table on each component page, the consumer reviews the "consumer status" descriptions for their selected priority components for each of the four stages (dependent/unaware...interdependent/aware) and indicates which status best describes their current situation. • Once the consumer identifies the status that best describes them, he/she then selects the descriptors within that status that reflect their situation for each priority component.  Not all characteristics within a given status will apply to the consumer.

    38. SELECTING BEST PRACTICES 2.Identifying Current Status The Consumer identifies Independent/Aware Status.

    39. FAMILY SUPPORT COMPONENT

    40. 3. Select Status Goal • The consumer next decides whether his/her goal is to strengthen their current status or progress to the next stage of recovery.  • If the goal is to strengthen the current status, the consumer selects the best practices from her/his previous status. For example, if a consumer identifies their status as being dependent/aware, she/he would go the dependent/unaware to select Best Practices. • If the goal is to progress, she/he would to Best Practices for the same status as her/his current status.

    41. SELECTING BEST PRACTICES 3.Select Status Goal The consumer sets the goal of progressing from Independent/Aware to Interdependent/Aware.

    42. 4. Select Best Practices The Consumer reviews the Best Practices descriptors and chooses the ones they she/he would like to establish goals around.

    43. BEST PRACTICES ROLES • CLINICIANS • COMMUNITY SUPPORTS

    44. Formulate the Recovery Management Plan In short, this is the combination of all the steps above.  It's the process of putting the information collected on paper and identifying timelines for each of the goals.  The following slide is an example of a completed Recovery Management Plan.

    45. Component: Family Support Current Status: Independent/Aware Status Status Goal: Progress to Interdependent/Aware Status